Children Matter! have pulled together some Pentecost resources for you:
Multi-age Worship Services (UCA SA)
Celebrating Pentecost (Kids Friendly)
Pentecost ideas (Going for Growth)
Pentecost Ideas (Barnabas)
Pentecost (Max 7)
Play and explore symbols of the Holy Spirit
Play materials: white and flame-coloured cloths and ribbons, white doves and fire-coloured flames, sparkly bits (sequins, card, glitter), feathers, glue sticks; parachute or large cloth; bubble machine.
Mini Bible story with actions
Jesus said: ‘When I go back to be with God my Father, (move hands upwards)
I will send you a special friend. (Move hands down).
He is the Holy Spirit, who comes from God.’ (Flutter hands like a dove).
Repeat so the children can join in.
The Spirit as dove and flame
Invite the children to play with the cloths and ribbons. They can decorate the card doves and flames with feathers and sparkles. Say that we can think of the Holy Spirit as a dove who flutters down to us, and as a fire that warms us.
The Spirit as wind
Tell the children that sometimes we think of the Holy Spirit as a wind that blows around us. Invite them to move the parachute or cloth to make a wind – gently, then more wildly, and finally, calmly again.
Invite the children to make prayer requests and turn on the bubble machine so that the bubbles float among them. Allow the children to enjoy the bubbles. Finish with this prayer. Ask the children to repeat after you:
Thank you, God, for sending your Holy Spirit to help us. Amen.
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During Holy Week, families in some churches were given Holy Week in a Box to help them think about the events of Holy Week. Ruth Pyke, Children’s Adviser for the Diocese of St Albans, has created a Pentecost Box. Look at her latest newsletter and scroll to page 4 to she what she suggests.
All Play on Sunday has some more ideas for celebrating the church’s birthday – including a playmobil church.
There are many more ideas on the Going for Growth Pentecost page to help you celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Why not suggest that everyone comes to church wearing something in flame colours – red, yellow, orange? Or create a Pentecost tree, giving everyone a dove or flame to add to it during the service.
Here are 5 questions to get you all chatting about Pentecost (June 8 2014), you may want to start by reading Acts 2: 1-13
1. How do you think you would you have reacted to the sound of rushing wind and the tongues of fire?
2. How does the Holy Spirit’s arrival change the disciples?
3. How did the disciples respond to the ‘sneering’ of the crowds? How do you respond when people sneer at your faith?
4. What kinds of things would you like the Holy Spirit to give you the courage to do?
5. How does God’s Spirit work in us today? Is it the same as the story in Acts 2 or different?
These activities are normally only available to ROOTS subscribers, but ROOTS has provided these free for you to try.
Dramatic reading: The day of Pentecost
Can you imagine how the disciples and the crowd listening felt on that amazing day? This retelling of the events of Pentecost is for two voices.
A children’s story about coloured windows, and how colours, like the persons of the Trinity, combine to make more than the sum of the parts.
50 days after Easter, 10 days after the Ascension, the Holy Spirit came and the church was born! With red as the liturgical colour and flames as a symbol, why not challenge your congregation to wear something red, yellow or orange to church? For plenty of links to other ideas, click here.
Godly Play has a phrase ‘The mystery of Easter is so great that it cannot be kept in one Sunday – it spills over into 7 Sundays’. And towards the end of Eastertide we have the great celebrations of Ascension and Pentecost. Now’s a good time to start planning ahead for them and you’ll find plenty of help here and here.